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Best Of CES 2014: Tom's Hardware Recognizes 12 Products

Best Of CES 2014: Tom's Hardware Recognizes 12 Products
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The Best Of CES 2014

With two million square feet of show floor, CES is the equivalent size of nearly 35 football fields (that's American football, for our international readers) and it attracts thousands of vendors every year.

Given the sheer scale of the show, you're guaranteed to see a lot of old and boring stuff. However, for every one-hundred products that fail to excite, there is one that really gets us going. With the week behind us, our team of PC enthusiasts picked a handful of the most exciting products from CES 2014. Some are revolutionary. Others are simply good ideas we're happy to see in production. And all of them have us excited about the technology we'll be testing in 2014.

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    vertexx , January 11, 2014 3:39 AM
    Not too sure about the Sapphire choice. MSI IMO has the best set of coolers this year. Based on some reviews out there, it looks like they have the best 780ti card IMO. Will be looking forward to the head to head matchups for 290x.
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    hasappra , January 11, 2014 8:42 AM
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    Not too sure about the Sapphire choice. MSI IMO has the best set of coolers this year. Based on some reviews out there, it looks like they have the best 780ti card IMO. Will be looking forward to the head to head matchups for 290x.
    This version Tri-X is the new cooler from Sapphire and it really is probably the best open air cooler that exist today. Furmark temp only 74C with noise only 43dB. That's awesome. You can read its preview in http://www.anandtech.com/show/7601/sapphire-radeon-r9-290-review-our-first-custom-cooled-290
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    house70 , January 11, 2014 9:05 AM
    Corsair Cherry MX RGB? Forums are filled with people that have reported problems with their backlit keyboards. LEDs that last a couple weeks, then go out. I give them props for using mechanical switches, but that's where the props end (and it's not even something innovative, has been done for decades). As far as backlighting goes, they have the worst record by far. Just because something is shiny doesn't mean it gets the prize. It needs to withstand the test of time, and I would take any Corsair KB praise with a huge grain of salt.
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    eklipz330 , January 11, 2014 4:24 PM
    that monitor is something else... too bad im gonna stay with AMD because of freesynchoping to snag a xl2420z when it hits shelves!
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    xyster , January 11, 2014 8:02 PM
    That monitor is hot. While AMD might have freesync, it sounds to me like freesync is a backhanded attempt to catch up with Nvidia on their innovation. Even if freesync does catch on, it should be compatible with Gsync monitors, no?, so why not just get something now that offers longterm flexibility in terms of options instead of waiting to see. if only they could get IPS and lightboost somehow added in.. mmmm..
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    xyster , January 11, 2014 8:06 PM
    That monitor is hot. While AMD might have freesync, it sounds to me like freesync is a backhanded attempt to catch up with Nvidia on their innovation. Even if freesync does catch on, it should be compatible with Gsync monitors, no?, so why not just get something now that offers longterm flexibility in terms of options instead of waiting to see. if only they could get IPS and lightboost somehow added in.. mmmm..
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    Serpent of Heaven , January 12, 2014 11:16 AM
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    That monitor is hot. While AMD might have freesync, it sounds to me like freesync is a backhanded attempt to catch up with Nvidia on their innovation. Even if freesync does catch on, it should be compatible with Gsync monitors, no?, so why not just get something now that offers longterm flexibility in terms of options instead of waiting to see. if only they could get IPS and lightboost somehow added in.. mmmm..
    Free-Sync is apart of the VESA Standards. In theory, I could also be used with TVs, other displays, and laptops. This could also be used by your PS4 and Xbox Ones because of the AMD APUs is running the heart of the consoles. All hardware from the AMD 5000 Series and above, can utilize Free-Sync with the help of a Driver.Free-Sync is just one of many techs AMD had hiding on the side for the past 3 years. Some other examples would be Stacked Ram on the GPU like NVidia's Volta. Volta is the successor to Maxwell. AMD has already researched and made prototypes a few years go. They are just allowing NVidia to market these goodies for them because they are good at making a "big deal" about those new types of techs. AMD doesn't need to do a lot of work with the PR of the products when NVidia throws $$$ at the publicity of similar innovations. This equates to saving money on AMD's end.The ROG monitor is nice, but it's a TN panel. It will have it's up and downs with the addition of NVidia's G-Sync. Plus, besides that $799.99 price tag, you'll have to run firmware and driver updates for G-Sync with the NVidia WHQL and Beta Drivers. Translation: Don't expect it to work 100% up to specifications, all the time. There is bound to be some drivers that will cause issues with G-Sync. The same could be said about Free-Sync, but with all bases, a majority believe that AMD Drivers are still pretty bad. Lately, they've actually been getting better and better.
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    geogga , January 12, 2014 11:37 AM
    The Zalman looks pretty sick.
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    somebodyspecial , January 12, 2014 3:42 PM
    For those who don't like clicking a dozen pics...The Best Of CES 2014 Graphics Card: Sapphire Tri-X OC 290 Mobile Platform: Nvidia Tegra K1 Case: Zalman AHV Computer Case Z15 Storage Device: LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 Gaming Peripheral: Corsair Cherry MX RGB Notebook: Lenovo Carbon X1 Automotive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan With Blue Link Monitor/Display: Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Platform: Gigabyte Brix Pro Mobile Device: Huawei Ascend Mate 2 With LTE Outside The Box: Razer Project Christine Most Innovative Technology: Oculus Rift
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    cats_Paw , January 13, 2014 12:36 AM
    Rift Rift and again Rift.All the other products seem flashy with a lot of marketing, but no real innovation.Tegra K1 looks promissing no doubt but its yet to see what it can do.
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    vicentereis , January 13, 2014 3:50 AM
    CES 2014 was the most successful, congratulations to the organizers and sponsors.
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    ubercake , January 13, 2014 5:19 AM
    The Asus PG278Q is just what I've been waiting for in a monitor upgrade.
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    bustapr , January 13, 2014 10:27 AM
    Id give an award to Toyota for their Hydrogen Fuel Cell car they plan to sell next year. That car really is interesting and innovative for the consumer car market. there were quite a few eye catching projects in CES this year despite the tsunami of UHD and curve tvs that nobody honestly seems to care about.
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    adeathsmckitten , January 13, 2014 12:35 PM
    I hope www.cyberwarecomputers.com starts carrying some of these products in their custom gaming computers!!!
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    Roman Rage , January 14, 2014 2:46 AM
    Great stuff! Always a fascinating conference to attend. Thanks for sharing. Check some best products at CES 2014 that presented the best technology and innovation :http://www.thegeekyglobe.com/15-best-products-at-ces-2014.html
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    SirGCal , January 15, 2014 8:16 AM
    As for the Zalman case; motorized parts as such just add to the cost. Bleh. If you want silent or extreme cooling, it's simple enough to buy the affordable, and nice looking case without all the extra bunk to break. Just my opinion.LOVE the idea of the coming Cherry Keyboard though. As long as it's smooth. I have two Corsairs, one is perfect, one is horrible and been replaced twice. Needs BLACK or Clear switches!!!
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    dark_lord69 , January 15, 2014 6:57 PM
    Oculus Rift...
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    Esmail tebarek , January 16, 2014 3:58 PM
    I like that my freind!!! i am Esmail from Ethiopia
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    AmaMizuki , January 20, 2014 8:37 AM
    This deserves a mention given it poops all over the iPad Mini Retina - http://versus.com/en/samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-8-4-vs-apple-ipad-mini-retinaThe Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro range : )
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    FloppyNacho , February 5, 2014 8:46 PM
    No one really knows anything about Freesync's real-world use so its really pointless to get so worked up about it. Before you start waving flags...